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A delightful afternoon of operatic arias, orchestral overtures and interludes heralds the beginning of Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s 2017 season.

The community orchestra presents ‘It’s Opera!’ with guest soloists, bass-baritone Chalium Poppy and mezzo-soprano Elisha Hulton, at Baycourt Addison Theatre in Tauranga on April 9.

Symphonia spokesperson Maggie gething says the soloists are two well-known local singers who’ve made their mark in many musical activities around the Bay and further afield.

“Elisha, originally from Rotorua, thrilled the audience with her wonderful voice and stage presence when she sang with the symphonia a couple of years ago.

“She has also performed with many other notable ensembles including New Zealand Opera and Operatunity.”

By contrast, Chalium joined the community orchestra previously as a guest conductor and harpsichordist – but this will be the versatile bass-baritone’s first vocal performance with the symphonia, says Maggie.

“Chalium is in demand in NZ and overseas as a highly experienced and talented singer of opera and other genres.”

Maggie says the audience will be treated to solo operatic arias and duets from these two wonderful singers, including Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’, and Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘The Magic Flute’.

In between, the orchestra will play a number of instrumental extracts including Offenbach’s famous barcarolle and the intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana.

“A variety of other orchestral items, ranging from Gluck to Philip Glass, will culminate in the grand triumphal march from Verdi’s ‘Aida’.”

The Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s ‘It’s Opera!’ conducted by Justus Rozemond at Baycourt Addison Theatre in Tauranga is on Sunday, April 9, from 3pm. Tickets are available online at Ticketek, calling 0800 842 538, or from the Baycourt Box Office.

The Weekend Sun has one double pass to give away to one lucky reader who can name one of the two guest soloists?

All entries must be received by Wednesday, April 5.

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